What information do I need to track my tax refund?
To use Where’s My Refund, you need three pieces of information:
1 – Your social security number or ITIN
2 – Your filing status – It could be single, married, or head of household
3 – Your exact refund amount – Providing the whole dollar amount is essential to receiving the correct response.
What do you need to know about where’s my refund tool?
- Check if it at least 24 hours after e-filing
- Expect extended delays if you mailed your return or responded to an IRS notice
- IRS updates Where’s My Refund daily, usually overnight
After correctly entering your information, a new page will open that shows your IRS refund status. The page will show you one of the three following messages to explain your tax return status.
- Received: The IRS now has your tax return and is working to process it.
- Approved: The IRS has processed your return and confirmed the refund amount.
- Sent: The money is on its way to your bank or as a paper check to your mailbox.
It has been longer than 21 days since the IRS received my return, and I haven’t gotten my tax refund.
The IRS states that some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:
- Includes errors
- Is incomplete
- Is affected by identity theft or fraud
- Contains a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit
- Involves a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation PDF, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
- Needs further review in general
The IRS will contact you by mail when they need more information to process your return.
Will Where’s My Refund give me my amended return status?
No, it will not give you information about amended tax returns. Where’s My Amended Return will let you know the status of your amended return. (IRS phone and walk-in representatives can only give you information about your amended return 16 weeks or more after its mailing.)